Week 3 Fantasy Football Defensive Matchup Exploitation: WR

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Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates after catching a pass in the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. The play was ruled no touchdown after being reviewed. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes even the best wide receivers run into impossible matchups. We saw what happened when Anquan Boldin faced off one-on-one with Richard Sherman. A seven-yard day. If your receivers are playing the Sherman and the Seahawks, Darrelle Revis and the Bucs, or Ike Taylor and the Steelers, you better watch out. Let’s take a look at which receivers are facing the toughest matchups this week and which ones will see nothing but green all Sunday.

You can also check out defensive matchup exploitation rankings for quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends.

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Week 3 Opponents

1

17.3 Seahawks Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders

2

20.1 Buccaneers Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson

3

20.5 Steelers Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery

4

27.1 Jaguars Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse

5

32.1 Patriots Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams

6

32.5 Lions Pierre Garcon, Joshua Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss

7

33 Chiefs DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant

8

34 Dolphins Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas

9

37.2 Cardinals Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Kenny Stills

10

37.9 Saints Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts, Michael Floyd

11

38.5 Raiders Demariyus Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker

12

38.9 Vikings Josh Gordon, Davone Bess

13

44.6 Colts Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams

14

44.7 49ers Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey

15

45.6 Texans Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown, Brandon Stokely

16

46.2 Bengals Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones

17

47.2 Giants Steve Smith, Ted Ginn Jr.

18

49 Broncos Rod Streater, Denarius Moore

19

49.2 Browns Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson

20

51.1 Jets Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods

21

51.6 Titans Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal

22

53 Bears Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery

23

53.2 Bills Stephen Hill, Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley

24

55.9 Panthers Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Ruben Randle

25

58.9 Chargers Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright

26

66.1 Ravens Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Keshawn Martin

27

67 Falcons Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson

28

69.3 Cowboys Chris Givens, Tavon Austin, Austin Pettis

29

69.5 Packers A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu

30

69.9 Rams Dez Bryant, Miles Austin

31

70.3 Redskins Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson

32

80.1 Eagles Dwayne Bowe

*Values based on Yahoo standard scoring.

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Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.